Updated: 05/04/2019 by Computer Hope

Load may refer to any of the following:


1. Load refers to the beginning or executing a program by moving (loading) the necessary information from a drive, such as a hard drive, into a computer's memory. Depending on how much information is required to load, the speed of the hardware and how other programs are running determines the load time. If a program or command gives you a load average, the average is on average how long it takes to load or execute a process.

2. With a web page or online service, load time is the total time it takes for the user to view the page or use the service. As more file requests are required and file sizes are increased, the longer it takes to load.

3. When referring to electronics, a load is any circuit or device opposing electrical current.

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